Research ( full-time)
January 2018, April 2017, September 2017
MPhil: 1-3 years (full-time). 2-4 years (part-time).
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).
PhD: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).
Distance-learning supervision available on this course.
This course is located in the Department of Music and Performing Arts. Find out more about our research.
Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your own interests in music therapy, supported by the expertise of our staff.
Our thriving music therapy research culture is linked to the Jerome Booth Music Therapy Research Centre here in Cambridge. This state-of-the-art, purpose-designed music therapy centre is home to a team of music therapy supervisors (including three professors) who oversee research in a variety of music therapy specialisms.
These specialisms include music therapy and psychoanalysis; music therapy for children and families; music therapy and autism; music and the brain including neuroscience and music therapy; music therapy and mental health; music therapy and dementia; multi-cultural aspects of music therapy including use of gamelan; forensic music therapy; arts therapies and music therapy supervision; professional development of music therapy and arts therapies.
We’re linked to the International Music Therapy Research Consortium, which includes eight other universities in Europe, the USA and Australia.
The interdisciplinary nature of our research creates a rich and stimulating environment for staff and students. Our students in music therapy work closely with other research students, including dramatherapy researchers.
Our staff are recognised as experts in their fields and have produced a number of influential books, journal articles, edited collections, compositions, recordings and creative artefacts.
Professor Jörg Fachner, PhD (Professor of Music, Health and the Brain): music, therapy and the brain; music and consciousness states; state dependent cognition and recall; music therapy and addiction treatment.
Dr Helen Loth, BA, RMTh, PGDip Counselling, PhD (Senior Lecturer): music therapy and mental health, eating disorders, children and families; cultural issues in music therapy; the use of non-western music; music and language.
Professor Helen Odell-Miller, BA, LGSM, RMTh, MPhil, PhD: music therapy and dementia; music therapy and links with diagnosis in adult mental health; music therapy and personality disorders; psychoanalytically informed music therapy; arts therapies and mental health.
Professor Amelia Oldfield, RMTh, PhD, LGSM (Senior Lecturer): music therapy with children with autism; music therapy with families; music therapy diagnostic assessments; orchestral instruments in music therapy improvisation.
Eleanor Richards, BMus, MA, ARCM, SRAsT(M) (Senior Lecturer): applications of attachment theory; relational models of psychoanalysis to music therapy; the contribution of group analytic theory to group music therapy practice.
The Department of Music and Performing Arts is a community of over 400 students and staff, working together in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our lecturers are research-active practitioners and recognised experts in their field, so our students always have access to the latest theories and practice, as well as invaluable career guidance.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for the future, like concerts, theatre performances, work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, in areas like writing up a paper for publication; placing an academic article; giving a conference paper; the doctoral writing style; updates on research methods and literature searches; internet training; editing skills for doctoral research; subsequent monograph publication; and dealing with festivals, agents, and publishers. You might also be able to take on teaching responsibilities in the department, or organise research events like seminars and conferences.
In conjunction with the University’s research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.
If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities in this area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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